Posted by ShaunField41 | Filed under Karting
After my first year of karting, I’ve learned heaps! In my first races I don’t think I was as prepared for karting as I should have been, but I learned quickly and am now on the pace. It’s been a far more expensive journey than I wanted it to be, but I’m now living the dream and loving it! For anyone wanting to get involved and follow their dreams, here are a few things that I’ve learned so far.
1. Buy a kart ready to go
I thought I’d be smart and buy a kart and engine separately in order to save some money, but it ended up costing more than if I’d just bought a complete kart, as well as being a mechanical nightmare for the first 3 months. Unless you have a very nice, experienced karting friend, avoid this option and hang out for a well-sorted 2nd-hand kart with the engine you want (that’s a entirely different blog – choosing which engine to go for).
2. Spend time learning your kart
Once you have to kart, you now have a huge learning curve ahead. Learning the mechanics of the kart, how to change settings etc, will take a very long time. I would recommend that unless you have a major problem with how your kart handles, change nothing until after your first race. Learning to drive the kart is much more important, which leads to…
3. Get a driving coach
Not necessarily a professional, but see if you can get someone with experience to come out with you for a day and help you out. A day with someone experienced will give you enough confidence to go on from there, and you’ll make the gains needed to catch up to the pack. Once you’re with the pack, you’ll really start to have some fun with karting!
As someone who’s been there, I’m always willing to help out new karters. So if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Comment any questions you have, or if you have anything you’d like me to blog about.
Hi, I’m Shaun Field, and welcome to my new blog, all about my racing experience, including my roles as an official, my virtual racing, and my new venture into karting, both sprint and Superkarting. I will hopefully be keeping everyone up to date with my exploits in all racing!